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Could your smartphone actually be a threat ?

A recent Norton Mobile Survey shed light on the security gaps and the privacy risks smartphone and mobile applications (apps) present.

As per the survey, 50 percent of Indians granted access to contacts and mobile data in exchange for free apps and close to 40 percent have granted access to their camera.

A shocking 36 percent would either always grant permissions or simply don’t know enough about the kind of permissions they may have granted.

The Survey also says security issues causing the most concern for Indian mobile users were virus/malware attacks (34 per cent), threats involving fraudulent access or misuse of credit card or bank account details (21 per cent) and leaking of personal information (19 per cent).

Source : Times of India , The Hindu.

So how does one give access to private data ?
This happens when one installs an app from the play store, a screen will tell you what the app will access. That may include your location, network communication, personal info, storage, phone calls, and your accounts.

How can one check on the apps already installed ?
you can review the access of your installed apps on the Manage Applications screen. On most Android devices, simply pull up the menu, tap Settings, and select Applications. Select an app from the list then scroll down to see the Permissions section. Anything that appears out-of-the-ordinary—like a wallpaper app that has access to your contacts, should be removed immediately.

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